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- Jul 12, 2017 at 11:46 am #20783Parvinder SinghKeymaster
Why waste time reinstalling Windows on the new disk, if you can clone your current hard drive? When you finish cloning your disk, simply disconnect your old hard drive from the motherboard and connect the new one on the same motherboard connection that the old one used to occupy. How to Clone or Move Your Windows 10 Installation
1: Connect the new hard disk
You can not clone the hard disk where Windows is installed while it is running. It is therefore necessary to do so just before the system starts. Partition Assistant makes it easy for you to clone or migrate Windows from one hard drive to another . With other tools you would have to start your computer from a Live CD, with the complication that supposes if you do not have experience in that type of operations, later to configure the cloning. With Partition Assistant the whole process is configured from Windows. The rest of the process is done by the program without having to worry about anything else.
Start by connecting the new disk, which you could well buy in PcComponents thanks to our discount coupons , to the appropriate ports on your motherboard. If you do not know how to do it, consult the instruction manual of your computer or motherboard. Then, start your computer as usual and let Windows identify and install the drivers for the new hardware. Then download and install Partition Assistant .
2: Clone the system partition
With Partition Assistant , you can clone a complete hard drive including partitions (if you have them) or clone only the partition that Windows occupies . In both cases, of course, the new disk must have the same capacity or higher, than the source disk or partition. Keep it in mind when choosing your new hard drive . If you need to clone only the Windows partition, click Partition Copy in the side menu.
In the next step, you can adjust the final size of the partition to reduce the space occupied by Windows. Check the Edit Partitions on this disk option and modify the size of the partition by tapping and dragging the sliders until you get the appropriate size. When you’re done, click Next, and then click Finish . A new task has been created in Pending Operations . Click Apply,and if everything is correct, click Proceed .
After this, your computer will probably reboot, but instead of starting as usual, it will do so from the Partition Assistant clone program. Do not touch any keys or turn off your computer while cloning. When finished, it will restart normally. How to Clone or Move Your Windows 10 Installation
3: Migrating to an SSD Disk
Migrating your Windows to an SSD , is a process very similar to the one we discussed in the previous section.
To do this, click the Migrate OS to SSD or HDD option . Then, in the wizard, click Next . Then select your SSD disk from the list of connected drives.
The SSD must show the label undistributed , it ie that there should be formatted. If not, go back and delete the partition.
Partition Assistant will automatically detect where Windows is installed and, as in the previous section, offers you the possibility to resize the operating system partition . This is especially useful if the current system partition is larger than the capacity of your new SSD. If necessary, use the sliders to match the capacity of your SSD. Continue with Next . Finally, click Finish, and then click Apply to start the migration.
4: Watch out for alignment!
After the migration of Windows , there is still a last and important process to finish cloning your hard drive . The image of the system you copied must be correctly aligned on the disk sectors. Misalignment with the disk sectors may cause slow system performance or excessive disk degradation. Doing so is as simple a process as described above.
Select your SSD disk and click on Partition Alignment . In the box that appears, click on the drop-down list and choose the 1024 Sector option . If the unit is already aligned, it will indicate this in this box, so you will not need to do it again. If you do not enter anything, press OK . Then click Apply to align the disk.
And that’s it! So simple is to clone the hard disk where you have Windows installed . How to Clone or Move Your Windows 10 Installation
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